World Area Book Awards

We are a group of universities from across the United States that award children’s and young adult literature books that focus on the world. Please visit each of our awards listed below if you are searching for diverse children’s and young adult literature.

Children’s Africana Book Award
The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.  CABA has three major objectives (1) to encourage the publication of children’s and young adult books that contribute to a better understanding of African socieites and issues, (2) to recognize literary excellence, and (3) to acknowledge the research achievements of oustanding authors and illustrators. The awards are presented in two categories: Young Children and Older Readers.

Américas Book Award
The award is a project sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). It was created in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. CLASP offers up to two annual book awards, together with a commended list of titles.

Freeman East and Southeast Asia Book Award
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University sponsor the annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature. The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. Awards are given in two categories: Children’s and Young Adult on the several countries of East and Southeast Asia.

Middle East Book Award
Established in 1999 by the Middle East Outreach Council, the Middle East Book Award recognizes quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures. Books are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on characterization, plot, and appeal for the intended audience. For the purposes of this award, the Middle East is defined as: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

South Asia Book Award
Each year an increasing number of high-quality children’s and young adult books are published that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad.  To encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce such books, and to provide librarians and teachers with recommendations for educational use, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC) offers a yearly book award to call attention to outstanding works on South Asia.